The Alan Hinkes
Mystery: Could it be the plan for a movie? No! It is just Alan.... At last
count he was on
Kangchenjunga with just his Sherpa...
Rumours are around the
Himalaya about Alan, but at the moment these are all unconfirmed. Alan set out
for a summit attempt over the weekend when the weather was looking favourable.
With no other expeditions on Kangchenjunga news is scarce
News reports in the UK have
heralded a success but these reports are very ambiguous and have gone short of
any concrete announcement of success. We're hoping to hear from Alan in the
next couple of days and as soon as we do we'll be shouting it from the
rooftops. We wish him a speedy ascent and descent to Base camp.
Alan Hinkes has announced his final Challenge 8000 expedition. Alan will be
flying out to the Himalaya at the end of March to climb Kangchenjunga and if
successful will enter the history books as the first Briton and only one of 12
people to have stood at the top of all of the world’s 8000m peaks.
As part of Challenge 8000, Alan has reached the top of 13 of the world’s most
famous and dangerous mountains, including Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat and in
2002 he became the first Britain to climb Annapurna in 32 years and in record
time via a new route. All of these mountains are in the “Death Zone”, an
unforgiving environment where the human body rapidly deteriorates and no one
can survive for more than a few days.
Kangchenjunga (8586m) is the
third highest peak in the world. Alan had to previously abandon an attempt on
the mountain in May 2000 following bad weather conditions; while on his
descent a snow bridge collapsed across a crevasse and he fell into it,
breaking his arm. Having encountered the giant before Alan knows, like its
fellow 8000ers it is a very dangerous mountain and one for which he has to
Alan comments: "Kangchenjunga lies at the eastern extreme of the Himalaya and
is exposed to exceptionally bad weather conditions as the monsoon period moves
in. This isn’t my first visit to Kangchenjunga and I know what lies in store,
the terrain is very difficult and once on the mountain there is a very serious
danger of avalanche and rockfall. I am however not worried, it feels like I am
returning to an old friend and I am really looking forward to it. As I have
always said I climb to live, not to die - the summit is always optional but
returning is mandatory.”
Alan Hinkes has been working with Berghaus since the early 1980s and will be
using many of the company’s most technical products whilst on expedition.
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